The top-tier Norwegian Eliteserien, formerly Tippeligaen, is in the middle of its 78th season, which began in April and will last until November 2022. Sixteen elite football clubs compete for the national championship.

Traditionally, the Discovery Networks Norway network broadcasts the Eliteserien Tippeligaen matches domestically. If you are in Norway, you should have no problem finding live coverage of the Eliteserien matches.

If you are a subscriber of Eurosport Player Norway, Eurosport Norway, or MAX Norge, you have ample choice of streams for the Eliteserien live matches and replays. The three portals share live streaming of the tournament, with MAX Norway focusing on the sports programs and shows targeting a male audiences.

Bet365 is a British gambling and streaming service covering top leagues such as La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Eliteserien. To stream via Bet365, you need to have a deposited account with the service or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. If you couldn’t care less about betting but are interested in sports streaming, this could still be a feasible option. You are not required to spend your deposit on betting while live streaming is free for registered users. 

Even though Bet365 streams internationally, some competitions come with geo-restrictions. Therefore, the availability of the Eliteserien live streams in your area depends on your location.

As you can see, there aren’t all that many broadcasters covering Eliteserien Tippeligaen. The bad news is the majority of them are geo-restricted to Norway. Even the international betting giant Bet365 applies geo-restrictions to some of its live streams.

If you are outside of Norway, you can not stream Eliteserien even if you have a valid premium subscription with one of the official streaming services. The problem is the broadcasters’ license is restricted to Norway, and anyone outside of Norway is automatically blocked. 

When you live or travel abroad, your Norwegian streaming provider blocks you based on your foreign Internet Protocol (IP) address. The good news is you can easily circumvent that annoying geo-block by swapping your IP address. A VPN allows you to do just that.

A Virtual Private Network is a network of servers across the world. It allows you to browse the Internet with an IP address of pretty much any country. Here is how it works. If you need to emulate your location in Norway, you connect to a VPN server based in Norway. The server assigns you a Norwegian IP address and routes all your traffic through its encrypted tunnel.

As a result, your Norwegian streaming provider identifies you as a regular user from Norway, and grants you access to the Eliteserien matches based on your subscription. Problem solved.

But bypassing streaming geo-blocks is by far not the only reason to use a VPN. You obtain significant cybersecurity benefits when you route all your traffic through a VPN:

  • No ISP throttling when streaming and playing online games
  • No state or ISP surveillance since your data is obfuscated
  • Security from honeypots and Man-in-the-Middle attacks on public WiFi networks
  • No censorship
  • No school-, office-, or state-imposed firewalls

Of course, you need a robust VPN with airtight privacy and security specs to enjoy all of those benefits. Since building a solid security tool and maintaining a network of servers across the world is expensive, no decent VPN is ever free. Ever.

If you see ad slogans of free VPNs that are fast and secure, do yourself a favor and read the fine print. In most cases, free VPNs log your browsing activities and sell your data. Understandably, their data sharing policies allow them to siphon your information to everyone and their dog, including authorities.

The next issue with free VPNs is they are only capable of providing mediocre to poor speeds, which means you get a grainy stream that buffers every three minutes. Finally, free VPNs use poor or no encryption and leak your DNS, exposing your real location and, possibly, even identity. You can get your account blacklisted if your streaming provider repeatedly catches you using a VPN that leaks your actual location.

  1. Subscribe to a VPN of your choice. Check my list of VPN providers offering servers in Norway.
  2. Download and install the VPN program and log in.
  3. Locate the list of servers and connect to a server in Norway. It makes sense to check if your VPN tags streaming-optimized servers, which provide improved speeds and stability for sports streaming.
  4. It might be a good idea to clean your browser’s cache before streaming.
  5. Once connected to the VPN server in Norway, go to your streaming site and log in.
  6. You should be able to live stream the Eliteserien Tippeligaen matches now.

The guide is fairly generic but should give you an idea of what things must be enabled first – VPN → browser → streaming site. Do note that you need to stay connected to the VPN while you stream.

VPNs have quickly become popular among students, office workers, expats, tourists, tech-savvy folks, and digital nomads because the Internet these days is not the safest of places. On top of that, too many nosy entities want to tell you what content you should consume and when. With a VPN, your online life is yours alone, provided your VPN provider is reliable and trustworthy.

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